Vice President Kamala Harris kicked off the Biden-Harris fundraising cycle for 2024 on Friday with events in Georgia that hope to tap into existing donors, which gave over $1 billion to the 2020 campaign.
The "Spring Soiree" fundraiser will have hundreds of attendees, and later Harris will also attend a private fundraiser hosted by the Democrat National Committee.
Biden also kicked off his own fundraising this week with two wealthy donor events in New York, where he tried to address concerns about his age and warned that the coming campaign could get "ugly."
Harris was able to bolster the Democrat vote in the leadup to the midterms by talking about abortion rights after Biden narrowly won the state in 2020.
But only six months later, Biden and Harris have seen their approval ratings drop more amid continuing inflation and an economy that seems to have slowed to a trickle, if it is still moving at all.
People have seen that they can still get abortions if they really want to by going to another state, but what does any of that matter if they can't afford food because they lose their job and can't get another one?
Not only that, but the Biden administration is about to let millions more people into the country illegally by getting rid of Title 42.
Harris is going to have her work cut out for her, and her reputation as a strong fundraiser will be tested this cycle, experts told Reuters.
Obviously, fundraising matters in campaigns even though it really shouldn't. Candidates should be truthful and people should vote for the best candidate, plain and simple.
Fundraising should not need to be part of a candidate's skill set, and it detracts from their other more important traits. For those already elected, it takes time away from their agenda.
But without raising money, candidates won't have money to run ads and get their message out.
If they can't cut through the political noise, not enough people will ever hear their message to allow them to get elected, especially if they are Republicans and conservatives.
Politics has become tainted by the need to raise money and corrupted by greed for power.
If Harris is successful in her efforts to raise money, it doesn't mean she's the better candidate, it only means she has learned to play a very corrupt game well. Same for Biden, Trump and all other candidates who run for office.